Now if that were Gordon Howie writing, Restoring Faith would mean not expelling God from the Capitol. But that's a different race... and this is Chris Nelson. Among his proposals for good government:
- Publish on office website a listing of all meetings with lobbyists (including all staff member meetings with lobbyists).
- Publish on office website in advance a listing of all official travel of Rep. Nelson and staff.
- Publish on website a weekly listing of all public events and meetings attended by Rep. Nelson.
- Conduct at least one open town hall public meeting per month. Locations would move throughout South Dakota
- Release South Dakota citizen office phone call tallies on major legislation.
- Staff will be given direction to place the highest emphasis on troubleshooting constituent problems with federal agencies.
The proposals sound pretty white-bread... but roll with it, Chris: you know that's the candidate you want to be. You know deep down you aren't a Teabagger. You know you don't want to shout "Nullification!" to the Calhoun conservatives at the 9-12 meetings, where you and Jerry Prostrollo may be the only rational pragmatists in the room. You know the politics of Kitty Werthmann and Nancy First are a dead end. You know South Dakotans need competent civil service, not the grandstanding and Revolutionary War re-eneactments your opponents favor.
And you know that's why you're ahead of Noem and Curd, and why you're tied with SHS in the polls. You won't beat her with partisan wingnuttery (Chris Lien? Bruce Whalen?). You'll beat her with nice... and cool Web ideas. Don't give in to the Dark Side, Chris! Stay sane, stay center.